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The Capitol has been renovated and it is sparkling.  Tours are free and it is the peoples' house, so I wouild encourage all members to check it out.  Yesterday at the MN state house, 100 bills were introduced, and in the MN state senate two dozen bills were introduced.  The bills were a collection on anti-worker intiatives, healthcare reform or dismantling of MNsure, and some social initiatives legislation added to distract people from real issues.

It’s a new year, but House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Republican leaders in Congress are still singing the same old song about gutting Medicare benefits.  A few days ago, The Hill newspaper reported that Ryan and House Republicans are prioritizing the dismantling of health care for millions of Americans—and that includes Medicare.

From marketwatch.com, 1/4/17: There’s a joke among insurers that there are two things that health insurance companies hate to do — take risks and pay claims. But, of course, these are the essence of their business!  Yet, if they do too much of either, they will go broke, and if they do too little, their customers will find a better policy. This balancing act isn’t too hard if they have a pool sufficient to average out the highs and lows. I speak with some experience as the former CEO of one of these firms.

UFCW Local 1189 members working at Galtier, New Brighton Health & Rehab and Rose of Sharon nursing homes overwhelmingly rejected the Employer's offer.  Negotiations had taken place over the last couple of weeks with Fortis Labor Relations.  The Employer's offer included a 1% wage increase.  The Union will request the Employer to return to the bargaining table.  We will continue to keep you updated.

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